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the lousy absolute state of the economy, people think that obama -- >> you know as well as i do spending continues to be huge but our tax system isn't competitive and everybody out there worries about that. oh, my god. >> people's optimism about the economy is increasing a little bit. broad spectrum of consumer confidence -- >> i'm going to say one thing about this whole conspiracy theory. i went down to bls and talked to the woman in her cubicle who wrote the announcement, 7.8%. there is not a single political employee in the entire bls right now, not one. i mean this is crazy town to think that it was -- >> when you say people don't trust government, this is the most trustworthy. i mean, there are the inherent problems of economic data which are all science faction, but these are honestly constructed science fiction. >> most people don't understand, you do, obviously, but how this is done. this is a survey of 60,000 households. george, eighth a survey. it last a margin of error. >> about 400,000 jobs it could be. >> the margin is 0.2%. you could have 8% unemployment. >> the survey of e
debate last night romney said he has plans to fix the economy. president obama said, when he became president four years ago, he was dealing with a major economic crisis. >> i also promised that i would fight every single day on behalf of the american people and the middle class and all those who are strifing to get into the middle class, i've kept that promise. >> there are two different paths that we began speaking about this evening and over the course of this month, we'll have two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debate. the two paths lead in very different directions. it is not just looking to our words. you can look at the record. there is no question some my mind, if the president were to be re-elected, you will continue to see a middle class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. i'll get incomes going up again. >>> a health alert, a rare form of meningitis has killed at least four people, including two in maryland and virginia. the infection was not transmitted from person to person but rather through a steroid used to treat back pain. we have
debate, talking about the economy, health care, the role of government and governing. president obama looking to solidify his lead in the swing states that could decide the election. the president has been taking aim at governor romney's secretly recorded comments about the 47 percent of americans who do not pay income taxes. those comments will likely comment up tonight. for governor romney, the debate presents a chance to gain momentum by hitting the president where some consider him vulnerable, on jobs and the sluggish economy. the romney campaign has new ammunition from vice president biden and comments yesterday about the middle class. >> how can they justify raising taxes on the middle class which has been buried the last four years. >> an obama advisor defended the vice president saying it is the republican policies that hurt the middle class in the first place. the romney campaign targeting the comment in a brand new ad already. we will show you that in a minute. a new nbc and the "wall street journal," parent company of this network. shows the president ahead 49 percent to 4
the country was in bad shape. you compare the recovery under obama, this year the economy's improved 1.6%. that's the best he's done. after the recession, when reagan was president, the first year 4% economic growth. the idea that we can't have a growing economy is something that is not being talked about enough, anywhere except for the dining room table. >> the interesting thing about the race the national equilibrium is about two-point race. if mitt romney has a good five days, this race will dwindled down to a two-point race. the environmental factors, all begin to take place. the biggest change that has happened in this, mitt romney wanted this to be a referendum election. at some point, he has to fix that really quick. >> and i think the time is running out. you get three chances. of course, his vp pick hasn't turned out to be so good. we'll get more into that. the convention speech. everyone know that wasn't a speech that really gave us a better idea about mitt romney and the third opportunity has become the debates. 1980s, the republicans constantly go back to the 1980s like tha
against president obama. he needs to tie people's unhappiness withthe economy to obama's own policies because now we have a lot of people unhappy about the economy but not necessarily blaming the president for that. the other thing is he needs to convey to people that he understands something about the struggles of their lives because his biggest deficit in the polling that we do is that sense that he doesn't have a sense... he doesn't care about people like me. he doesn't understand the troubles and the problems that people like me have their lives. and that 47% video has been very damaging, i think, for governor romney on that point. he needs to do two things that are different and maybe hard to do. both of them simultaneously. >> woodruff: that's what i want to ask you. how much contradiction, how much of a tension do they feel in what he needs to do? >> this is so high-stakes for governor romney. this is a close race but it's a race that's bending toward president obama. this 90 minutes on stage in denver wednesday night is governor romney's best chance to change that. >> woodruff
to stay on the big themes of the economy. >> supposed obama comes after romney on bain capital, romney is going to counter and say you know, what sir week do build our own businesses, entrepreneurs do that. the question is how tough -- how into it will romney be? how into it and emotional will romney get? >> here's a little inside baseball, larry. romney's been prepping for this debate for a month up in rural vermont doing a lot of prep sessions. he can't get flustered but he has to be tough, he has to seem presidential and bring the message of obama's failures right to obama face to face. >> rod stone, you are a romney doubter. tell us why. >> i don't think he's a real conservative. frankly, i'm disappointed. i saw kevin madden in your first segment. governor gary johnson should have been included in this debate. romney can't be a brawler. he's got to come out strong but he can't be shrill or nasty or too caustic. >> he got to show he can stand up and be a leader of the united states. >> in all honesty, there's a stature question here. obama is outpointing this guy overwhelmingly on l
with president obama with the two sparring on how to fix the u.s. economy. the ecb expected to hold steady on rates when center bankers meet in slow screen kra today. country's president says europe's policy makes must remain focused. and madrid sees sole lid demand as an auction yields coming down. finance minister heads to london to raise funds for the country's bad bank. thanks very much for coming along. we are looking at market action ahead of the ecb and bank of england policy decisions coming out a little later on. ahead of that, we're expecting the u.s. markets to open just a fraction higher. we are also looking at european equity trade which is a bit coming off these markets. we had seen mod zeest gains, bu now modest declines. in the bond markets, this is the picture. we have a spanish debt auction just in the past few minutes, those results hitting the wires showing that jeelds have come down across the board and the bid to cover ratio has gone up for that spanish debt. so pretty robust demand. let's look at what's going on with the ten year and germany. just over 5.1% for itali
really want him to count obama over this attack in libya, in benghazi, four americans, including the ambassador, died. his chief advisor is say it is still all about the economy. they are concerned, but not that concerned, as opposed to jobs or something like that. every day he is talking about foreign affairs is a day they are not talking about the economy. there is a real divide about what romney should do. >> we should point out the economy will be the topic at this debate, at least it will be domestic policy, for the most part. do we expect -- to mention romney might come out with more specifics. he spent four minutes on his specific plans for the economy during his speech. what do we expect this time around? >> we expect him to lay out more detail in this format, although whether it allows itself to an in-depth policy discussion is another matter. he is under a lot of pressure, especially under -- from conservative pundits, to put more meat on the bone and say what he would do differently on issues ranging from the economy to foreign affairs to everything else did you presid
us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy. just to try to score a few political points. gwen: on balance, 34 days out, what is the bigger deal? the worse deal? a bad debate or a good job number, dan? >> if president obama can turn around perceptions about the economy that ultimately will be a bigger deal. incumbent presidents have suffered through bad fist debates and been a table bounce back. if you have a really lousy economy it's tough to go against that. the interesting thing is that the obama campaign for months after one weak jobs number after another have always discounted the unemployment number. i think today they want people to look at that and they want people to think we've gone through at least a psychological barrier. there's been some evidence since the conventions that people do feel a little bit better about the commiff. that was helping president obama until the denver debate. now this race is tight and very much in flux. gwen: let's talk about the trend lines. the president can still claim 31 months of unsb
and seems clear two battles tonight. one is over the state e of the economy right now. obama is going to say that he has made a lot of progress bute basically going to ask for mor. time to finish the job. t the romney camp says this is where their guy is going to be tough on obama's record in the economy over the last four years and he will say barack obama made a lot of promises in 2008 and hasn't kept the promises. they don't worry about their are guy being likeable and say the key is to stay on offense. the other battle over the plans for the next four years where o obama will be tough on romney and say this is a guy who wants to give tax cuts to the wealthc and to voucherrize medicare. romney will say he is the defender of the middle class. t both sides say this could get heated tonight. >> chris, thank you. >> good evening. >> we go to jim lehrer of pbs moderating this debate. >> i'm jim lehrer and welcome you to the first of the 2012l presidential debates between president barack obama the democratic nominee and former, massachusetts governor mitt romney the republican nominee. this de
that the obama policies did not help either their personal situation or the economy. majorities of women, men, independents and seniors and small business believe that the obama policies have hurt the economy. this is about policies. it is -- you want me to read your data. i'm saying read our data. >> the reality -- the point is that in boasting about the unemployment number the obama people are making too much out of one pops's number which everybody does but there's a fundamental truth that things are getting better. not as fast as they should by a long shot. maybe a quarter of the way back from the damage that was done by the financial crisis, but we are making our way back. >> when you look at both events, let me ask you to weigh in, how much did the race change this week? >> i think it changed -- i think romney helped himself but i think this is a clarifying event because now the republicans are enthusiastic about romney. while they're enthusiastic about ryan, the winner of this race will have real legitimacy. this is not going to be a thing where they say, well, he really didn't represe
would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> president obama called the report proved that the economy is improving under his policies. >> we have made too much product progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> mitt romney launched a tv ad that the recovery is too slow. even economists seem hesitant, pointing of the the number of new jobs created each month has been decreasing since july. this report a positive sign for a still fragile of economy. one downside to the report, many of the jobs created were part- time jobs, not full-time jobs. >> thank you, daniel. baltimore county police are now investigating a house fire as arson. they say the suspect used an accelerant at separate locations. the home was also burglarized. a 2006 porsche was stolen, including a television -- as well as other items, including a television and a dvd player. $680,000 worth of drugs, a handgun, two vehicles and $118,000 of cash are now in custody of the sheriff's office. authorities manage to intercept drug trafficking and arrest 21 gang members
crushing. >> reporter: campaign aides say he will continue to hit obama hard on the economy and jobs. and will offer more specifics which they've been promising for some time. he is also ramping up spending on television after being outspent by the president more than two to one in swing states and this morning released a new ad reinforcing his message in the debate. >> who will raise taxes on the middle class? according to an independent, nonpartisan study, barack obama and the liberals will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000. >> reporter: now, after the debate, his key advisers, eymney's key advisers, said they thre surprised the president didn't put up more of a fight. one told me they were ready for some of these attacks on bain capital. romney's comment about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. raose have featured prominently in the president's attack ads. last night, scott, he didn't mention either one. >> pelley: jan, thank you. ace president joe biden also talked about taxes today, and here's what he had to say at a llmpaign stop in iowa. >> on top
or seven days before we get polled and specific questions about, for example, president obama's handling of the economy or the job situations where we can compare the numbers to previous numbers to see if he got a boost. >> your numbers is an average, correct, not an actual poll. tell us how it works. >>guest: we take all of the polls that are out, publicly available polls that are out at any given point if time and we average them together. at presidential level and the national level, we get a group of polls coming out all time, some of them conflicting. we have a poll one day that says, for example, obama is up two in ohio. we will get a poll the next day that says he is up nine. which is it? that is where the average comes in. they have been useful and effective tool for gaming where the race stands. >> we saw a full screen of your real clear average poll between the two nationally you have president obama up by about a little over 2 percent; that right? 3.2 percent difference. that is from 9-25 to 10-4. do you expect that to tighten or flip giving the post debate surge for romney? >
than mitt romney on the economy. neil: is that obama still? >> it is the phrase du jour. i want to hear him be loud about this. spending cuts and higher taxes, they say that this will drive us into a full recession if they don't resolve it. neil: bearer scaring everyone is a party, they are scaring everyone. >> they should be scared. >> the bottom line is that this is not the america that became the greatest country in the world. this is not the america that will continue to be the greatest country in the world. you know, i will take people from the lowest rung and if there is income inequality, let's do this. okay? let's be smart about what we are doing. those are the people that i think all politicians are talking about. neil: don't give up on. >> people still want to be rich. all we have to do is listen to rap music. young people want to be read from a but they don't think there are a lot of avenues to do that. the. neil: he showed up against newt gingrich in a debate there and against rick santorum, so we have this end, this estimation. >> i think the real meat will come in the next
it the economy tax. it's been crushing. >> question. why did president obama seem thrown off balance? did he underestimate governor romney, pat buchanan? >> he certainly d. governor romney performed better on substance than any candidate in any presidential debate in history. reagan would have beaten him in style in 1980 but on substance i've never seen anybody better prepared than governor romney. he was on of fence. the real question, why did barack obama, the president, do so badly. john, he didn't come prepared for what he found there. he seemed difident, almost disinterested, sour. when they had the two pictures together he was looking down at his notes and the governor was talking to him as if he was lecturing him. some say he's lost his enthusiasm for the battle. he looked like he was weary of the job. i think it may have been something to do with him having been out on the road for a year saying the same thing. he didn't seem to be intellectually stimulated. >> do you think he's overstating that? >> i think mitt romney far exceeded expectations. he turned in a bothow performance. i t
of those people work and have children. >> president obama and the economy. how is he managed to avoid public retribution for not fixing the economy? >> it's not a normal thing. >> the extraordinary work of a clinton initiative. >> keep pushing the rocks up the hill. >> big ideas from the big names. dee pock chopra, things get lively at the global initiative. you want to make farming sexy, don't you? this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> mr. president, thank you very much for sparing the time to talk to me. you are in the eighth year now, of the clinton global initiative. i would imagine all the world leaders you managed to amass here, there are a few topics of concentrated attention. probably right at the top of the list would be this simmering tension between israel and iran. now, i interviewed president ahmadinejad last night and he was adamant that he has no plan to build a nuclear weapon, that he has purely peaceful intention. clearly, most people here don't believe him. what is the smart thing for america to do right now, given the ratcheting up of the rhetoric on both sides? >> i
show down this weekend for the vice presidents. >> in his weekly address, president obama is talking about the sudden drop in unemployment that is good news for the economy and a great news for his reelection campaign. >> more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. if that unemployment dropped from 8.1% to 7.9%, but mitt romney -- >> we are having problems with that story. the latest political news on our website, wbaltv.com, with the up-to-date information for state, local, and national elections. >>> they had fought for years to fight extradition. now four suspects are in u.s. courts. how they answered the charges against them. he was convicted of stealing the pope's private papers and linking them to a journalist. why he may not spend any time in prison, next. prison, next. >>> an extremist clear-cut and four other suspect appeared in court today hours after they were brought for into the u.s. to face trial. the preacher did not enter replete of charges he conspired to set up a terrorist training camp and at oregon and abducted 16 hostages. four oth
has obama leading romney 49-46. the economy is issue number one and whose plans are better for the middle class. to answer that we are holding our own debate right here on the kudlow report. we are joined by new jersey democratic congressman and jim gillmore to make the case for governor romney. there will be time to talk among your selves at my disgression. the first question is going to congressman big paskrel. 1.3% gdp 25 million people out of the workforce. mr. president, what is your solution to the prosperity and the recovery that continues to elude us? >> over the past 30 months we have had an increase in private sector jobs. but that is the direction we are going in. if you remember what happened before that, when the president raised his hand in january of 2009, we were losing 700 no,000 jobs a month. but the fact of the matter is we are going in the right direction now and we should keep doing that. the president supports the position on the creation of jobs and the government can't do everything but it has a responsibility. we have lost public sector jobs and we
've seen that we aren't better off after four years of the obama economy. it's not working. the stimulus failed. the health care is -- bill is now increasing our premiums. you just have a report that i believe you all and others have reported on today that shows that 27 million americans will still be uninsured even with the trillions and trillions of dollars of costs in obama care. plus, more people will be out of work because of the small business tax increases from obama care, so what mitt romney is going to talk about is appeal to how we can do so much better. we need to invest in small businesses in latinos and women and, you know, people who are coming to this country often are starting small businesses, and that's -- we can't be putting new taxes on those small businesses, and we need to have new health care. >> is he going to get -- >> will also help -- >> i'm sorry. is he going to be more specific on what type of loopholes he is talking about, exemptions, to offset these tax cuts that he is proposed to grow the economy. is he going to provide more specifics? >>. >> when presiden
obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he is facing new criticism over something he said in 2007. during a speech to a predominantly black audience, then senator obama implied the bush administration was withholding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i have to say i'm a little amazed that as you mentioned a widely covered speech likely by people at your network is somehow caused a kerfuffle five years later. >> reporter: millions of people will be watching anxious to see who has the best jobs plan. bill is try to find work. he has been a regular at this job center since he lost his job as a truck driver last december. the 61-year-old has been at a homeless shelter for five months and still waiting on both candidates to offer specific. >> they are spending a lot of time and money saying, we'll do this and that. we would like to see more results. >> reporter: romney participated in 19 debates during the primaries.
. his speech and one later today in ohio will focus on the economy. >> president obama is also working to encourage more people to register to vote. the voter registration deadline in virginia is october 15th. republican presidential nominee mitt romney will deliver a speech on foreign policy next monday at virginia military institute in lexington. romney and his running mate, paul ryan, campaigned in fisherville, virginia yesterday. though it didn't come up in we had night's debate, romney is talking about his 47% comment again saying his choice of words was, quote, wrong. more on that coming up later on in this hour. in this hour. >>> an alert now for women in fairfax county. police are looking if a suspected serial fondler. >> he has approached at least five women, usual hi from behind appear grabbing them and taking often. -- usually from behind and grabbing them and taking off. >> reporter: this firveg victim just came forward. she hadn't initially reported the incident. -- this fifth victim just came forward. she was walking here on hibling avenue in ving field at the same place
obama will be there, too. remember, please the economy is at stall speed. unemployment 8%, and foreign policy in the middle east unravelling, little mention in the mainstream media. listen from the obama campaign team in advance of debate campaign spokeswoman, quote, what the american people are looking for is not just a professorial list of facts or accomplishments or even goals. obama has a tendency to give long substantive answers. simply, she is saying the president too smart for the average american. here is the washington examiner's reaction to that quote. worry about obama being too professor professorial to couch-sitting beer drinkers. the polls have him ahead and bill o'reilly is here to talk about the debate and how the media will spin it. all the names at the top of the hour. bill o'reilly. and talking to college student at university of michigan as part of the job creations solutions tour, and responded to the heckler. listen to this. >> this is the-- [crowd boos] . >> usa, usa. >> and that economy 25% of the world gdp. stuart: you want to hear more of his defense of americ
the race in terms of the stagnation economy that they accuse president obama of overseeing and the prosperity economy they are promising. >> let's help them get jobs so they can get a paycheck so they are good taxpayers. (applause) this is the point that we have been trying to make. sometimes the point doesn't get made the right way. we don't want a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. we have added 15 million people to the food stamp roles in four years. largely there is no opportunity or economic growth. >>carl: that is the argument mitt romney hopes to make tomorrow night standing face to face with president obama. there has been mock debating today for mitt romney and stepped out if a quick snack and other than that it will be closed doors until the walk through tomorrow afternoon. >>trace: what about the 47 percent controversy. does governor romney have an answer do that? >>carl: he has been working through a series of answers on it. last night when he got to denver, he did an interview with the local fox affiliate. they asked him about it. here is one of the vari
to president obama's record. and make president obama bear responsibility for the economy right now, not let him evade it. mirror image for president obama. every time he gets a question, he's going to try to focus on mitt romney's plans, governor romney's plans for the future and say, listen, we may not be in the best shape right now, but it's going to be even worse if we implement his plans. >> so, each of them will be pivoting? >> reporter: each time. but here's the thing. and both sides don't really know what's going to happen tonight, because, as david pointed out, this format is so loose. once they get into the discussion, almost anything can happen. they could directly challenge each other. jim lehrer could come in, the moderator, directly challenge them. but they really don't know. >> we'll right here with you along the abc news to react and fact check one on one the debate coming up at 6:00 p.m. pacific time, 9:00 p.m. eastern. we have two developing stories from overseas. tonight the city of aleppo t commercial equivalent of they new york city. four car bombs killed nearly 40 peopl
to them. >> mitt romney and paul ryan can bring a healthy economy and sustainable budget. obama promised to cut the debt in half. he is not come near that. >> i think he and that really well. defended the fact. the hidden parts for a philip obama has gotten more of a word -- there ahve been parts where obama has gotten more words in. >> there are still two more debates before the election but the first one may have already held undecided voters request i am leaning towards mitt romney. the college democrats because republicans got together for tonight's event to make sure that all students were informed after this first debate. they also have diverter -- voter registration drive. >> new information about the death of a man in police custody. >> why your power bill could go up. >> a meningitis outbreak hits very close to home. the new information in tonight's medical alert. >> and warm temperatures are hanging around. so are a few showers. check out the forecast right now. 72 of >> we are following new developments to an investigation concerning the man who died after being taken into pol
at the first presidential debate president obama and mitt romney hit each other on the economy, health care and role of government in american's lives. >> the federal government has the capacity to help open up opportunity and create ladders of opportunity and create frame works where the american people can succeed. >> what we're seeing right now in my view a trickle down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams and it's not working. >> border violence, tensions ratchet up in the middle east as turkey and syria exchange fire in deadly clashes along their shared border. >> season for the ages. miguel cabrera, baseball's first triple crown winner in 45 years. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, october 4, good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. today both president obama and mitt romney return to the campaign trail following last night's debate in denver. as expected the economy dominated their first one on one showdown. romney came out swinging as the candidates argued tax policy, budg
a break. it is time to get the real refs. you know what, it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it is time to get out. >> he did that before the infomercial he filmed on the solo flex. pretty impressive. the lingerie football league issued a statement saying it fired some of the guys the nfl is using as replacement refs because of their incompetence. let's go to "red eye" football analyst, cat on bench. cob. >> job market does not just hurt young adults. it hurts kittens, cat, whatever you are. jesse, are you a part-time ref for the got roller derby -- the goth roller derby league, easy for me to say. muscle relaxants do not work well with my mouth these days. are we too hard on these guys ? >> on whom, the refs? >> yes. >> i don't care. they are not 12. i know it is like an unpopular position to be taking. i think they should have given it to grown bay. mostly because they should determine who wins the game based on what city needs it most. green bay has nothing. that's all they have is football, and that's why detroit should be the 27-year in a row
in the numbers for obama in the polls has actually made democrats more optimistic about the economy. >> interesting. so the idea of who might win the election is actually affecting the question. >> it appears so. it really does. i'm kind of optimistic. i like to look at this glass half full. you're right that there are some signs of an economic cloud ahead, but, you know, there are some pretty positive signs, too. you've got this trillion dollars of capital on the sidelines, you got these low interest rates that i think can help growth, and you mentioned housing. ali, we haven't built virtually any new housing in five years in this country. you have to think that housing is really going to start picking up. >> steven moore, have you become a democrat? >> no. i think if mitt romney was to pull this out, i think the economy is really going to do well this year. >> for three squares like us, the gdp actually matters, and the reading we got on the gdp this week surprised us. mitt romney hit president obama this week about the gdp number. listen. >> look at the numbers that just came out
be a lot of talk by president obama about romney's 47% quote and from romney about the stagnant economy and libya. both candidates must address the issues in a concise, personal and friendly way. if you ask comedian darrell hammantd, that's tough when you're scripted. >> i think these guys use coaches which is odd to me. you know, the less coached you are, the more natural you are. the more natural you are, the more personal you are, the more personal you are, the more general you are. >> in other words, zing away. but deliver them like -- i don't know. joe the plumber? the talk back question for you today, will the presidential debate be a game changer? facebook.com/carolcnn. facebook.com/carolcnn. your responses later this hour. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball. those years were crazy. so, as we go into this next phase, you know, a big part of it for us is that there isn't anything on the schedule. romney: "it's time to stand up to the cheaters" vo: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of
anything, quasieuropean top-down economy guy. obama. most voters are not going to get involved like you do. they are not going to nurture the details of the tax plan. >> you know, bill, do yourself a favor. i don't ever try to tell you thousand do it. v because you are the master of it. do not tell me about presidential politics. that is absolutely phenomenally wrong. >> bill: that's why he didn't do well last night. he came off as a wonkish guy. >> it has nothing to do with wonkish. it had everything to do with not doing your job. the job is to -- look, if you are going to say that you are going to deal with jobs and your deficit, then there is a fundamental question, how. and if you are not willing to answer that you have abbey advocated your -- >> bill: money from the folks and he he will spend more. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. make charles krauthammer happy. >> bill: that's what he is saying. >> it did not make the people out in america that much happier this guy being elitist. >> bill: what do you say -- >> are you kidding me? i will take a hamburger. >> bill: we got rasmussen and sabato. >>
this guy can be the president what do we think about obama? with all due respect, i think the economy is in the worst shape since the great depression and nothing has happened to improve it. >> yeah. >> so obama's really vulnerable on the major issue which 70% of the country thinks is the major issue. >> i would argue that "nothing has been done to improve the economy. i think that's debatable and i think we believe the poll." romney is a man at war with himself. he has to it go in and be the aggressor here and take the fight to the president. he also has to prove himself more likable. those two objectives are at odds with each other. >> what does he have to project? >> he has to project a credible program that will sell the american people on -- >> what does he have to project about himself? >> the whole likability thing. >> he has to project confidence in himself? [ all talking at once ] >> excuse me, i want to finish my thought, please. >> we all want to fin shall a thought. >> please. he needs to project a credible economic program that would sell the american people that he would
of an overall competence challenge to mr. obama. if the economy remains bad and it does just check outearnings from ford and gm today, and america's overseas strategy is wobbling, which is seems to be, governor romney should have some heavy verbal ammunition to use in the debate tomorrow night. for his part, the president will remain steadfast that everything is going according to plan. >> four years ago i said i'd end the war in iraq, i did. i said we're going to wind down the war in afghanistan. we are. and while a twin tower -- while a new tower rises above the new york skyline, al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> bill: but according to the american commander in afghanistan, al-qaeda fighters are again causing trouble in that country and the terror group might even be responsible for murdering ambassador stevens. talking points believes many voters are still persuadable. that support for the president is thin among some independents. recent rasmussen poll says 42% of those backing the president are locked in stone. that gives the governor some room tomorrow nig
, which nn republican has never won an not won the white house, the lead is in president obama's favo . >>> good evening, everyone. i'm frag somerville. >> julie maener. much of the discussion focus on the economy and jobs. >> as you said, the focus clearly on the economy from jobs to taxes to the deficit. mitt romney went on the attack early among other things on what he planned to cut. >> obama care is on my list, apologize mr. president. >> i like -- >> good. i'm sorry, jim, i will stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs. i like big bird. i will not keep borrowing money. >> president obama responded by questioning pledge to cut taxes for all and reducing the deficit at the same time. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. we've tried this. we've tried both approaches. the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch that's made in 2001-2003. >> the national federation of independent businesseses said your plan will kill 700,000 jobs. i don't want to kill jobs in this environment. >> romney slammed the president for t
. >> reporter: jim, it's the first face-to-face meeting between barack obama and mitt romney in nearly five years. the first is domestic matters and the economy. at this time tomorrow night, it will all be over left to the pun dants and the voters. >> home of the pioneers, the university of denver plays home to sparring contenders of the political kind. final touches were put on the debate today where in less than 24 hours, potential gaps and zingers could fly. president obama took a break and visited the hoover dam. mitt romney took time out for a buritto bowl. and romney may have gotten zinger help from an unlikely ally today. vice president joe biden campaigning in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes in the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify it? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in other states. both sides know tomorrow's debate could be the last one so
's advisers are divided over whether to attack president obama over libya or stay focused on the economy? this as the obama administration is still under fire over its response to the deadly attacks in libya and over security concerns at the consulate even before the attack. former state department official joel ruben will join me live. first, there's a lot going on today. here are things we thought you should know. florida's republican party is filing an a elections fraud complaint after finding suspicious voter forms in even more counties in the state. as many as ten is the new number. the forms are tied to the strategic allied consulting, a firm hired by the republican party in that state to register voters. the firm has been fired. it has also done voter drives in colorado, nevada, north carolina and virginia. the white house says a cyber attack on its computer system never posed any threat to the classified information. officials say the attack was ultimately foiled and no data was stolen. >>> new york city police dropped assault charges against a congressional aide who's accused of
today, and it seems clear there will be two battles. one over the state of the economy, right now, obama is going to say that he has made a lot of progress, but he is going to ask for more time to finish the job. the romney camp says that this is where their guy is going to be very tough on obama's record in the economy over the last four years. he will say, barack obama made a lot of promises in 2008. he hasn't kept those promises. they don't worry about their guy being likeable. they say the key is to day on offense. the other battle over the plans for the next four years, that's where obam will be tough on romney saying he wants to give tax cuts to the wealthy and to voucherrize medicare. romney will say he is the defender of the middle class. one thing both sides say this, could get heated tonight. >> we go to jim lehrer of pbs, moderating this debate. >> jim: i'm jim lehrer. i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the ne
in pennsylvania. that's next on "viewpoint." economy on barack obama is kinda like blaming your hangover on the guy making breakfast. i like mitt romney but i'm sorry. they guy has flipped more than a crack house mattress. this campaign has become so toxic, beverly hills housewives are now injecting it into their foreheads. (vo) so current gave him a weekly show. >> i love romney's debate style, but i tell you, if i could be that stiff for 90 minutes, i'd ... (vo) we probably won't regret it. >> eliot: it was supposed to be the thing that would help mitt romney win the state of pennsylvania. don't take my word for it. here's pennsylvania state house republican leader mike turzai in june. >> voter i.d. which will allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania, done. >> eliot: actually, not quite done. on tuesday, a pennsylvania judge ruled that state officials cannot enforce this controversial new law in next month's presidential election. the reason as judge robert simpson who had upheld the law in august before the state supreme court d
on looking back, say the economy stunk either under president bush or president obama voters are like yeah, we know that. we're interested how it will get better for me and my children. melissa: no, that's a good point. we'll keep our panel on the other side of this break although we'll say things to congressman chaffetz who has to run but the rest of the panel is sticking around to specific techniques that the president and mitt romney should use to win tonight. that is always fun. >>> plus energy will likely be a key focus this evening. we'll compare and contrast both plans. more "money" coming up on the other side of this break. ♪ [ mujahid ] there was a little bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪ wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier, less-expensive opt
to -- >> so i see them as one boxer -- there's this boxer, one punch and it's the economy and then i see obama who is a better boxer, he can move around fast, in and out. obama is going to try to avoid that punch. that is boom. how come the economy is so bad? >> the president has been in a title fight before. mitt romney has done a lot of debates before but not like this. on the economy, he's got to strike a balance all year and as of late, things are not where we want them to be but here are ways that we are moving forward. i think the president has got that wrapped down. >> would you go for the home run or for the bases? >> 90 minute of showing his heart and that would be a home run if he did that. >> i think he needs to be better than that. obama is going to land a punch. >> thank you very much, mark and dana. as we go to break, we've got new poll numbers from our nbc wall street marist poll. in florida, president obama is a one-point lead over romney. in virginia, president -- another tight one, 48, 46. and up over 8 over romney, 51 to 43. stay tuned for our first presidential debate. more
economy and what each side would do to fix that situation. president obama and governor romney each had a chance to explain what would happen to your taxes they were in charge. >> the question is not where we have been but where we are going. >> it's going to take a different path, not one x have been on, not the one the president described as a top down cut taxes for the rich. that not what i'm going to do. >> it's not possible to come up with enough loopholes for individuals to avoid raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. >> there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> i will take ideas from anybody, democrat or republican as long as they are advancing the cause of making middle class families stronger and giving opportunities to middle class. >> i have got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that not always true but repeating it hoping i will believe it. i will not reduce the taxes paid by high income americans. >> we do better when the middle class is doing well. by giving them those tax cuts they have more money in their pocket so maybe they can buy
by 873,000. this is the first time below 8% since january 2009, when obama took office. >> the campaigns have taken on the news, but as a bigt is seen positive for the obama campaign. at a rally, the president called is gettinghe economy better. said the country has made too much progress to turn back. >> in the meantime, mitt romney that 12on the fact people are still out of work. mitt romney also stressed an 7.8% is not rate of what a real recovery looks like. after campaigning in virginia earlier today, he hosted a rally in florida tonight. >> a new controversy concerns starbucks and it's a bestseller. >> the orioles are fighting to keep playing. the nationals, we know who they are playing. every gameonitoring impact the washington nationals playoff series. we know who -- we now know who the nationals will face. >> the st. louis cardinals, on sunday. we are also keeping a close eye baltimore orioles, who are playing right now. there is a lot of excitement over playoff fever. >> there is reason to be the orioles will continue playing. worse, we know the nationals playing. -- of course,
the economy. cent fromical tweet d something about obama's grandmother, but it has since been deleted. >> democrat tim kaine appear to extending its bid against republican george allen. of likely voters 49% support tim kaine. 49% support george allen. tim kaine's momentum is coming base,he democratic voters.arly non white >> following the latest in the fairfax county teenager people simply vanished. seven glenn wasold bryan morning when he s brother off for school. later found his empty car nearby john gonzalez. is live at woodson high school john gonzalez is live at woodson high school. >> it is family said that he did bring his cellphone or debit morning, notl that that unusual, but what was found in his car was unusual. he was last seen in the parking around 7:00 monday morning. it was not until later that he did not come from football practice that is family knew something was wrong. l hours was found severa a park about a mile away. gracias somewhere and he needs us. the need to be found. >> assorted don't believe he -- authorities feel he never stepped foot in class. >> he said
. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he's facing new criticism over something he said during 2007 during his speech of a predominantly black office. he implied the bush administration was with holding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i'm a little amazed that as you mentioned a widely covered speech, likely by people at your network is somehow caused a kerr fluffle five years later. >> reporter: as many as 50 million could watch the debate, including unemployed americans, anxious to see who has the best jobs plan. bill is trying to land work. he was let go as a truck diver last december. es -- driver last december. he's still waiting on both candidates to offer specifics. >> they're spending a lot of time and money saying we'll do this, we'll do that. we'd like to see more results. >> reporter: romney participated in 19 debates during the primary season. president obama is also a seaso
for 90 minutes with the focus on the economy, healthcare, and other national issues. president obama has to avoid any major misstep. and explain to voters why unemployment is so high and the economic recovery so slow. >> what you'll hear the president do tonight is have a conversation directly with the american people about where we have been over the last four years. to strengthen our economy. >> romney who is trailing in the polls will be looking for a breakout moment and voters will be looking to hear more details about his plan to lower taxes and the deficit. >> i think most importantly, you'll hear the contrast. the president's reforms haven't done enough to help the economy. >> both campaigns have gone through. but both candidates are seasoned debaters. and right now, romney is spending time with his family at a denver hotel and president obama just wrapped up his walk through of the debate hall. live in denver, colorado, danielle nottingham, back to you. >> we are four hours from 9:00 when the debate will all get started tonight. there is a new u.s.a. poll out today. they ask
is focusing on the economy. he's actually focus more on his own economy and obama and his staff has spoken more to the message of the economy. you can see he is talking somewhat positively about his programs but also talking more negatively about mitt romney in terms of the economy. when he is talking about character, he's got some very negative on mitt romney as opposed to speaking up his own character. i will show you the equivalent of that in mitt romney. mitt romney is spending more time talking about his character. he is splitting his time between promoting his character and making negative statements about president obama's character. the interesting thing about this chart is that not only is the economy, is he talking less about the economy than what pulled -- than what people believe he is doing what he is also focusing more negatively on obama when speaking then he's been positive about putting forth a plan of his own. i think he listened to the right wing pundits to much in terms of saying this economy will be about why obama as fat as opposed to what i have to offer the country.
voters who really care about the environment and the economy. and president obama, his policies really appeal to those voters a lot more. it's interesting that now it's a five-point lead because for about six months, up until a week or two ago, president obama had a narrow one to two-point le lead, so that really shows that president obama is breaking out in some of the key swing states like colorado. >> we shall all be watching tonight to see how things go down there in denver. diana degette, thank you, i appreciate it. >>> up next, painting denver pink. planned parenthood launches an anti romney blitz in colorado. i'm going to talk to the organization's president. >>> plus, bringing sexy back. politico's jonathan allen says biden is number two on the ticket, but number one in their hearts. how the v.p. is winning over seniors. and you can join our conversation on facebook. [ female announcer ] ready for a taste of what's hot? check out the latest collection of snacks from lean cuisine. creamy spinach artichoke dip, crispy garlic chicken spring rolls. they're this season's must-have a
in coordination with this, the question of is president obama handling the economy still not great but better. anything like that, helps the incumbent. remember, president obama's not going to be able to make the case that he fixed everything in four years. he's not trying to do that. what he has to say is i've made progress and can make more. in order to make that argument you have to be able to show people you've made progress or at least have people believe you've made progress, movement in the right direction numbers suggest that he's making that case. >> and we also have our new telemundo/nbc news poll breaking within this hour and that shows a 50-point lead among hispanic voters. 71/21 likely voters. that is a huge lead. the question is, of course, whether there is enthusiasm among hispanic voters and whether they're going to come out and vote. >> right. and even bigger gap than 69/31 what president obama beat john mccain among latinos in 2008. look, this is a problem in this election for republicans, andrea, but a bigger problem in 2016, 2020 and beyond. the hispanic community is obvio
. and president obama and his opportunity economy, i thought that exchange was lucid. i don't think it was a game changer tonight. the president handled himself with a more dignified reserve. when governor romney was tested, he got kind of testy. and i thought that the president maintained his cool throughout and did well. >> what about the president's cool and the president's dignified reserve as you put it, do you think he's going to have to change that style going forward in these debates? >> i don't believe so. i think that -- >> if you could coach him on the next debate, if you could do ten minutes of coaching on the next debate, based on what you saw tonight, what would you tell him to do differently? >> oh, i don't know. i think that the president has to keep doing what he's doing. i think he has to be truthful about why he's made the choices for us that he has made. i think he has to keep talking about the fact that we're moving forward and not back. 30 months in a row of positive job growth. and i think he has to continue to press governor romney on the fact that he's not putting forth a
: presint obama called the september report proof the economy is improving under his policies. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney continued his argument in tv ads launching today that the recovery is too slow. >> i have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> reporter: they pointed out the new numbers of jobs created has been decreasing since july. >> that number has to grow. >> reporter: this report a positive sign for a still fragile economy. one downside to the report many of the jobs created were part-time jobs, not part-time jo jobs. i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >>> as the unemployment rate goes down, unfortunately bad news here with gas going up. in the past 24 hours, gas prices have gone up by 15 cents a gallon statewide. and here in the bay area, a lot of drivers experiencing big-time sticker shock at the pump. we're live now. is that money for regular? >> reporter: that's right. we haven't seen a lot of people come by this particular station and that's because, as
killed by assyrian mortar attacks. the first u.s. presidential election debate between president obama and mitt romney focused on the economy. americans are about $1 trillion in student loans -- owe $1 trillion. despite the huge investment in their education, almost half of recent university graduates are either unemployed or underemployed and many worry about the future. which candidate will they support? our correspondent has this report from philadelphia. >> mack has just qualified as a lawyer, so now taken put his lawbooks away and turn his attention to is $170,000 student debt. >> the whole gravity of it really did not hit me until about a few months ago when all of a sudden it was like, that's not just a number, that is actually a representative of something. so the joke has always been, well, i bought a house. but really it is a little bit more than that. unable to find a job, he's moving to texas to live with his parents and is not thrilled about it. >> i am 27 years old. even though it is rather typical of people, it is still not culturally normative. >> americans of $1 trilli
and take the country forward. he said he wanted this to be about the economy. the romney -- the obama people have jammed the radar, romney's radar for six months, ago? now romney has 60 million people out there. he has to look at the camera and say, this is in simple, clear terms is how i'm going to help you and how we're going to fix the economy. >> same question to you. the economy looks better than romney does. that's the problem he faces. >> one of his biggest challenges tonight is to stand on that stage and convince people watching, something north of 60 million people will tune in, that he understands the lives and problems of average americans, ordinary americans, the people struggling to put food on the table. >> that would be a fraud, though, doesn't he? we've been watching this guy for weeks and months and months and years now, running for president. there's been no evidence he gets it. >> you know, that's my conclusion, but i think if he's going to truly reset this -- even to get a second look, i think he needs to be able to connect on a level that he hasn't done. >> that's
that mitt romney was making about the economy and president obama has to be at least some point attenuated, meaning that bottom line, with unemployment going below 8% for the first time since the start of the administration in '09, the obama administration can make the case that some of their policies have produced some results. given the debate results on tuesday night, this is a potential life saver, if not a game changer for president obama. >> jamie: i suppose it has to continue and. >> yeah. >> jamie: let me ask you, angela, what's the important number, that it's below 8 or that 23 million people are out of work? >> exactly. 23 million people are still out of work, and you have 47 million people still on food stamps, so, i think the beltway and journalists care about the numbers, but if you don't have a job, if you can't pay your bills and gas prices are still high like they are here in california that's what you're going going to vote on and the obama administration failed. >> jamie: doug and angela, have a great saturday and always good to talk to you. we're just five days away from
opportunity for the republicans to say the economy's buried, middle class has been buried by president obama. that's not what he meant. he meant they're in a squeeze. should we quibble over words or that's just the nature of the beast. >> i think it's certainly the nature of the mitt romney campaign beast. i think this is the latest example. they had honest joe t shirts they rolled out with this comment and a picture of joe biden. you've seen this do this, take comments out of context and run with them. they did that with the "you didn't build that" comment from president obama. i don't know how far it goes. it's a news cycle we find something to talk about every single day and it's hard to believe this will actually last. i do think something will come up in the debate, i imagine romney will quote joe biden saying the last four years haven't been so great, and ryan's 30% comment will come up tonight or debates in the coming weeks. >> my take on biden gaffes, they're no harm so, therefore, no foul. the republicans have been caught saying very serious stuff on tape they didn't want anybody to
one way, 45, 47% go the other way. we fight over the other 10%. it's certainly the case that obama has built out the victim economy, the dependency economy, the welfare economy. there are many, many people that obama has effectively created who conceptualize themselves in that way and i think mitt romney was telling the truth. he should have doubled down and mobilized the base and said yeah, that is true. so what. >> maybe she's showing -- he's showing up again as trying to be in the middle and bees the etch a sketch guy we heard critics say he is. this is your guy, jack. >> i'm a conservative. he was not my choice, i support him, he's the nominee. i support him strongly. i would have preferred someone fatherrer from the right. romney changeed his position on various things and that is why he's having trouble mobilizing the debate. i think ryan is helping him with that. if romney can runhe table on the debates, i think ryan will be a big winner this week. if romney can win the last two, i think the race becomes in play and romney can win it. >> all right, all eyes will be on the debate
, growing the economy, with their tax plan. or as president obama's plan would raise taxes on small businesses, job creators and do more to have a government-centered economy. which is what we've had for the past four years and we're still at 8.1 unemployment with 23 million americans looking for jobs. i think that president obama can't change the facts on wednesday night. and i think the contrast will be very clear. so i look forward to seeing that. >> let's talk about the figure, 8.1% unemployment that could be a conservative estimate. when you take into the fact the folks who have just stopped looking. that's been the economic reality in this country for several months now. but governor romney has not been able to move the needle. in fact in many of the battleground states, the needle has started to move in the opposite direction for him. despite these numbers that you just pointed out. why is that? why is the message not resonated yet with just 37 days left? >> you know, i think like i've mentioned earlier. the polls will tighten. you're going to see independents are still very
that was losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month when president obama took office to a place now where the economy has created 5.2 million new jo. so we're getting there. we're not there yet but we're getting there. >> john, mitt romney yesterday amid all the ecstasy about his debate performance took time on fox to say that he was now very sorry for saying what he said about the 47%. was that a smart political move in a moment of everyone feeling good about you to just bury that away? >> i think the timing was right that he said that, but i do hope he doesn't move away from what the bigger argument that he was trying to make, is that there are two choices in america today. are we going to become a country very, very dependent on big government that says give me all your money, give me your taxes and i will take care of you, or one that really says the individual has the right to keep more of their money, make more of their decisions and freedom is what made america the country that it is. that is fundamentally the question. but from a strategy or tactical standpoint, i think this was the time for him
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